Shipping Hints

Check to see if your shipper has any specific guidelines that must be followed in the event that you need to file a claim. Some shipping companies have limits when art or glass is shipped, even if it is packed perfectly.
 
Shipping and packing instructions I start with a table with a padded top.  On that I lay a large piece of bubble wrap, then packing paper, and then the vase.  At this stage I also clean the vase, check it for any marks or scratches, and I attach the small, acrylic tabs that will protect the bottom from getting scratched.
Shipping and packing instructions If there is a point (or two) I typically wrap that first in some of the same, soft packing paper. 
Shipping and packing instructions Then, I fold over the top and bottom paper to overlap the vase.
Shipping and packing instructions Next, roll the vase up in the paper and tape it to hold it in place.  I use brown tape at this stage so it is easier to see and remove.  You don’t want the person unwrapping to use a sharp knife to cut at the tape.  The brown tape will tear back easily and you can tell exactly where it is located.
Shipping and packing instructions I fold up the layer of bubble wrap the same way and put a piece of tape across it to hold it in place.
Shipping and packing instructions Roll the vase in the bubble wrap and secure with the brown tape.
Shipping and packing instructions

The next steps are the most important for protecting any points or tips that are more at risk during a shipment.  I take a smaller box and cut it open on one side.  Depending on how big the box is and how tall the vase is, you may have to cut off some of the other side of the opened box as well.  Ideally, you want the other edge of the opened box to align with the center of the strongest part of the vase (usually the middle of the belly).

Shipping and packing instructions Lay the vase on the opened box with the top of the vase aligned with the folding point for the box top.
Shipping and packing instructions Fold the box snuggly around the vase and hold it in place with tape.  Now is the time to switch to the stronger clear tape.
Shipping and packing instructions The end should look like this
Shipping and packing instructions Make sure to put several rounds of tape across where the box ends on the vase.  This will keep the box in place and provide a protective area for the tip.  The vase will not be able to slide up causing the tip to impact against the inside of the box.
Shipping and packing instructions Finish by adding a couple more wraps of tape to hold the protective black box in place.
Shipping and packing instructions Cut the top where the folds are in the box.  These will be folded in, overlapping each other, and then taped down. 
Shipping and packing instructions

The top of the vase will be protected in this “cocoon” created by this box.

 

Shipping and packing instructions From here it’s pretty easy.  I put this “bundle” into a box with packing peanuts on all sides.  Remember to pack the peanuts because there will be settling during shipment.
Shipping and packing instructions Lastly, I put this box into another box with, at least a couple of inches all the way around.  These telescoping boxes (14” x 14” x 40-74”) work well.  They adjust to the right size and they add a double layer on the outside.
Shipping and packing instructions Add your labels, measure and weigh and you are ready to ship.
   

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